Tuesday, June 08, 2010

It's a wrap!

I wanted to share a sheet of custom wrapping paper I made this weekend
using a vintage postcard I painted with some corals & seaweeds.
Homemade wrapping paper
I scanned the postcard & repeated the image a couple of times in Photoshop
and used them to make a mirror image until I liked the overall design.
Corals wrapping paper & Fish gift tag
I printed the finished design on my ink jet (Epson Stylus Photo R1800)
Sea themed present
And cut out one of my printed fishies to make a custom gift tag.
Fish tag
I really liked how the pattern turned out,
I might use it to make a journal/book cover too.

75 Lovely Comments:

Blogger salli s. swindell said...

oh geninne...this is genius. love the symmetry + color, especially the addition of black. dang, your work is amaZing!

6/08/2010 7:28 AM  
Blogger Snappy Di said...

Love the paper design... so multi-purpose in gift wrapping. For MANY occasions.


6/08/2010 7:44 AM  
Blogger Sarah Knight said...

That is lovely & quite ingenious!

6/08/2010 7:48 AM  
Anonymous Liz said...

Geninne, your are a genius. So, so beautiful.

6/08/2010 7:54 AM  
Blogger Jardino said...

Absolutely beautiful, and perfectly crafted! Your seaweed wrap has me inspired beyond words!!

6/08/2010 7:58 AM  
Blogger Allison said...

love this paper design! the fish gift tag makes it even better. it's so clever.

6/08/2010 8:04 AM  
Blogger Olivia said...

So gorgeous! Almost too pretty a package to open!

6/08/2010 8:08 AM  
Blogger Lau Gariglio said...

Te quedó genial !!!! que buena idea !!!

6/08/2010 8:24 AM  
Blogger blue china studio said...

Really love this. I would buy this wrapping paper...and probably never use it because it is too beautiful. Love the fish tag too!

6/08/2010 8:45 AM  
Blogger jb said...

Geninne, I am constantly wowed by your work. So lovely.

6/08/2010 8:58 AM  
Blogger 32˙North said...

This turned out SO good! he fish tag is adorable as well.

6/08/2010 9:12 AM  
Blogger Donna said...

This sooooo lovely. Just love the colors and the fish tag!

6/08/2010 9:24 AM  
Blogger RosaMaría said...

por Dios! si así está la envoltura cómo será el contenido! es maravilloso!

6/08/2010 9:35 AM  
Blogger Ilustrasole said...

Qué papel usaste para imprimir???y el formato??qué linda idea. Gracias x compartir tus diseños e ilustarciones, son fuente de inspiración constante!!Saludos

6/08/2010 9:58 AM  
Blogger Carola Zajdman said...

Qué buena idea y queda tan lindo, ese pez es divino, te felicito, un placer tus pinturas !!!!

6/08/2010 10:10 AM  
Blogger Kelly Warren said...

that is absolutely fabulous...all the way down to the twine wrap and fish tag. :-)

6/08/2010 10:16 AM  
Blogger Hannah said...

absolutely gorgeous! x

6/08/2010 10:29 AM  
Blogger Sandra Valerie said...

i really love how you use white color!

6/08/2010 11:03 AM  
Blogger Vivika said...

I hope you have a good agent. I would buy anything you made... wrapping paper, note cards, and in the immortal words of "Ellen" on American Idol, even a salad... Just Gorgeous!

6/08/2010 11:27 AM  
Blogger Brittney Harmon said...

I love this! Wish I could do the same... but my printer is crap!

6/08/2010 11:35 AM  
Blogger Amie said...

This looks wonderful! You are so creative and your art is beautiful...I hope someday to be as lovely a painter as you!

6/08/2010 11:38 AM  
Blogger Allison Waite said...

You're really inspiring! What size paper was this on?

6/08/2010 11:58 AM  
Blogger Mlle Paradis said...

too too gorgeous and stunning. you really hit it out of the park with this one. i just posted about limiting consumption but i'll make an exception for this, please go into production with it!

could i borrow a pic and post it with a link to you?


6/08/2010 12:20 PM  
Anonymous The Print Lover said...

*gasp* Thats the most beautiful wapper I've seen.

I'd love to get something wrapped in that paper. I'll even sponsor the gift inside :)
Thanks for sharing this with this.

6/08/2010 12:39 PM  
Blogger Katie said...

I really like how the repeated image turned out! what a neat design. The wrapping paper is a gift in and of itself, for sure.

6/08/2010 12:42 PM  
Blogger Škorčica said...

I love this kind of creating - I often do it myself, too.

This piece is great, especially the combination with rope in matching colour and the fish!

6/08/2010 12:56 PM  
Blogger Living Inspired said...

how could the recipient ever tear open the paper now!? Gorgeous Geninne!

6/08/2010 12:57 PM  
Blogger ariadne said...

A wonderful pattern,I love the sea and this looks great!Ariadne from Greece!

6/08/2010 2:02 PM  
Blogger Vicki Holdwick said...

Spectacular - and I am so jealous. I'm guessing the 1800 is a large format printer. I've made my own wrapping paper before, but had to do it all by hand - not nearly as nice as your symmetry - my printer only does standard sizes.

Great idea and beautiful art. Thanks for sharing,


6/08/2010 2:12 PM  
Anonymous Suzanne said...

So pretty and creative!

6/08/2010 2:36 PM  
Blogger DoodleFactory said...

wow, absolutely brilliant!

6/08/2010 2:54 PM  
Blogger Lori said...

Hello, just stumbled upon your blog. Very inspirational!

6/08/2010 2:55 PM  
Blogger Gifts of Serendipity said...

Thank you for sharing.

6/08/2010 3:07 PM  
Anonymous Rambles with Reese said...

This art/wrapping paper is too cool!

Awesome idea and goodness gracious you are talented!


6/08/2010 3:19 PM  
Blogger Margie Oomen said...

i think i can say with all sincerity that this is the most beautiful wrapping paper I have ever seen

6/08/2010 5:33 PM  
Blogger Susan King said...

Wow, that is seriously stunning. And your Epson Stylus obviously works better than my Epson Stylus CX3200.

6/08/2010 5:37 PM  
Anonymous essie said...

that is magnificent! i can't imagine a gift that could be better than the wrapping... XD

6/08/2010 5:57 PM  
Blogger elizabeth said...

Looks great!! And so creative!
Might I add- you are one of my favs and never a day passes that I fail to read your blog. Always interested in seeing what you are working on.

6/08/2010 6:08 PM  
Blogger Barbara said...

I love this! The wrapping paper is absolutely beautiful. You are so talented and you inspire me. Thanks so much for sharing your creativity with us.

6/08/2010 6:16 PM  
Anonymous Quichea said...

that really is fabulous!

6/08/2010 6:52 PM  
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6/08/2010 7:29 PM  
Blogger Lillabilly said...

That looks just stunning. Thanks for letting us know what sort of printer you used...do you have just the one type of printer? It's always interesting to hear about what type of equipment other artists use to create their printed images - if you had the time I would love to read a post about that!

6/08/2010 7:53 PM  
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6/08/2010 10:02 PM  
Anonymous sophie munns said...

Hi Genine,
I am the 44th commmenter it would seem who would give my right arm to be the one receiving this astonishingly beautiful gift. I dont think I would ever open it!
best wishes,

6/08/2010 11:25 PM  
Anonymous Lorena said...

Qué bonito!

6/09/2010 12:14 AM  
Blogger Karoeza said...

It turned out amazing!

6/09/2010 12:38 AM  
Blogger micha said...

Wow, such a wonderful package is really too pretty to wrap it out.

6/09/2010 12:39 AM  
Anonymous ana said...

fabulous idea and the final result is incredible. Your work is so delicate

6/09/2010 2:19 AM  
Blogger Demoiselle Libellule said...

A wonderful paper design! Your work is so great and I love is so much!!!

6/09/2010 2:59 AM  
Blogger Maggie said...

beautiful wrapping is half the present, I bet the recipient felt very loved, it's gorgeous.

6/09/2010 3:13 AM  
Blogger pien said...

you clever girl!
that is so beautiful!
and lovely!

6/09/2010 3:57 AM  
Blogger Marcy said...

What a gorgeous package! I love the symmetry of the design, and that fish is perfect!

6/09/2010 4:55 AM  
Blogger Floddertje said...

It is beautiful! I just figured out as well that repeating an image can make it even better (I hope to show soon on my blog), but I had yo do it all by hand because I don't know how photoshop works. I think I really should invest some time in learning it. However, I would never be able to make such amazing things as you do!

6/09/2010 6:36 AM  
Anonymous christel said...

so ingenious, beautiful and gorgeous.

6/09/2010 8:36 AM  
Blogger Ima Weed said...

Oh, you are sooooo talented. A wonderful design.

6/09/2010 9:20 AM  
Blogger Mandy Saile of Bijou's Whimsy said...

Wow wow wow...whoever is getting this gift wrapped in your beauty is one lucky recipient...it's too beautiful to unwrap...one could just leave it as is and put it on a shelf like a lovely art object:D

6/09/2010 12:50 PM  
Blogger Sheau said...

It's absolutely gorgeous. Artful touch.

6/09/2010 1:17 PM  
Blogger Charissa said...

Stunning! I found you while doing research for my blog about gift wrapping (www.thegiftedblog.com). Definitely bookmarking this for future reference - it's totally unique!


6/09/2010 1:40 PM  
Anonymous Lasso the Moon said...

Amazing. You are so genuinely talented. I'm enamored of your ability to always take things one step farther and amaze me again! Such an inspiration!

6/09/2010 1:56 PM  
Anonymous Leah Virsik said...

Love this! Thanks so much for sharing. Nice detail with the extra thread wrapped around the package multiple times. Just love your illustrations.

6/09/2010 5:49 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Beautiful! The colors and textures of the painting are so lovely, and make an excellent repeat pattern... a very clever use of your talents!

6/09/2010 6:14 PM  
Blogger The Other Andrew said...

Truly beautiful! I hope this becomes a commercial venture for you in the future, because I would certainly love to get my hands on some paper (and gift tags) this beautiful!

6/10/2010 3:50 AM  
Blogger Masha said...

This is one of the most amazing, wonderful, pefect wraping I've ever seen. Whoever gets this present will not want to open it...I'm sure!

6/10/2010 6:52 AM  
Blogger Sara said...

This turned out so lovely and you have so many comments on it that you might need to start selling wrapping papers on Etsy methinks!!
Beautiful work!

6/10/2010 10:47 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

flat out gorgeous! who cares what's in that package, the wrapping is a gift all by itself.

6/10/2010 5:29 PM  
Blogger 100%HEPPIE said...

Sooooo cute ! Love it !

6/11/2010 6:14 AM  
Blogger CaL said...

That fish is SO amazing that it actually looks 3D!!! You're such an artistic genius. I also wanted to tell you that I featured you in my blog today! Much love & total respect!!!


6/11/2010 2:47 PM  
Blogger katie said...

whoever you gave that to would be crazy to open it! so pretty!

6/16/2010 1:10 PM  
Blogger Gustavo Aimar said...

Geninne, me voy un poco abrumado de tanta cosa linda que veo por acá...
Ah... esa "cosa" de más arriba, que parece volar entre montañas... será tu nueva casa?


Saludos invernales desde aquí

6/16/2010 8:19 PM  
Blogger kirschkernzeit said...

Hmmm... now the wrapping and tag are a gift themselves... You are simply AWSOME; so beautiful!

6/17/2010 5:09 AM  
Blogger ANNA said...

obviously one of the most exciting wrapping papers out there!!! lady, i love your work!

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